Grain Barge


Every Friday night we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.
Doors open at 8pm.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7



Friday 19th September, 8pm
£5 adv tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop click here to buy.

The three solo artists are joining forces to create a night of ‘guitar mayhem’ which sees them each performing a solo set, along with a few numbers together.



Wednesday 24th September, 7.30pm
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“Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country.” - SONNY BAKER, MOJO

DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

Walls of noise and layers of beauty interweave and delight at every turn. Many people use loops these days. Broughton includes the glitches, mistakes, and the resulting comedy in his act, works with what he has, and moves on.



Friday 26th September, 8pm
Brand new R&B, Funk and Big Beat combo bring the groove and the groovy in equal measures. Bring your dancing shoes to this one.




Friday 10th October, 8pm
£5 on the door
Jersey-born Ant Noel is a Wells & Bristol-based musician creating original music which can loosely be described as folk-rock.

The Peabody Drakes formed out of members of Ant's 'Hurricane Rising' band, with the addition of ace rhythm section Anneka Johnson and Alex Pearson.

In July 2014, Ant is releasing his new full solo album 'The Water's Line', aided by not only members of the Peabody Drakes, but also talented musicians Rob Vasey (vocals & guitar) , Dan Ashby (banjo) and Sophie Anton (flute).


A four-piece manband featuring vocals, harmonica, snare, guitars, dobro, double bass and banjo – skiffle, bluegrass, country and rockin’ hillbilly, just for you.


Friday 17th October, 8pm
£5 Entry

The Organelles - Organelles are mark bradley, paul bradley, pete judge, dan marcus. Half the band were in the legendary Anglo-Irish pop visionaries Me, and band-members have worked with the likes of Super Furry Animals and The Blue Aeroplanes.
Since 1997, the gloriously uncategorisable Organelles have been steadily accruing a cult following in Japan and the southwest of England. .... Three years after its release, their debut album Cellular Soul is still clogging up the CD-players of listeners loathe to leave what Venue magazine described as"musically daring, frighteningly melodic; wholesome, delicious, beguiling, heartstopping sound like none other".
Organelles released their long-awaited second album, Knowing You're Born, produced by Portishead's Jim Barr and again featuring the extraordinary songs of Paul Bradley. ..

+ PAUL BRADLEY (Album Preview)


Monday 20th October, 8pm
£7.50 Advance tickets: click here to buy

"stark songs and breakneck picking"
New York Times

"among the world's finest folk practitioners"
Toronto Star

"one of the best voices in music"
T Bone Burnett

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia.

He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing to lush, multi-layered arrangements.

Eriksen's other notable work has included extensive contributions to Anthony Minghella's 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain as well as collaborations ranging from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa. Listen


Nuala Honan, country singer-songwriter from rural South Australia releases her debut album The Tortoise in May 2013, the first to come out of Bristol studio ‘The Woodshed’, bringing the fireside honesty of country back to her music community.

Nuala’s lyrical honesty and the fiercely independent environment that the album has emerged from combine to ensure that The Tortoise has an authenticity that commercial country so often lacks.

Nuala has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time. Listen


Friday 24th October, 8pm
£6 Advance tickets: click here to buy

Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss) are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channeling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots.

Hailing from the small but musically rich town of Deal, they are a close-knit 7-piece band of family, friends and former au pairs. Their music swells with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique blend of drums and percussion. Listen


Hot Feet are a folk rock band from Stroud, Gloucestershire, made up of Marianne Parrish (vocals), Jack Page (guitar), Lachlan McLellan (bass) and Rob Pemberton; (drums).
The band draw together a range of musical influences including delta blues, sixties folk and world rhythms. Clamorous in places, delicate in others; sometimes offering raucous, earthy uproar and a wistful, yearning narrative within the same song. Listen


The Magic Lantern is the moniker of London based musician Jamie Doe who writes and sings songs that sound deceptively spare and starkly beautiful, but which open up to reveal a warmth, humor and wisdom that belies his age. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared variously to Jeff Buckley and Chet Baker, The Magic Lantern’s first album ‘A World In A Grain of Sand’ (Hectic Eclectic Records) garnered much praise for its bewitching mix of folk, jazz and shades of contemporary classical music. His second album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ is a record stripped back to the essentials, and is due to be released on Smugglers Records in the Autumn of 2014. Listen


Friday 31st October, 8pm
£4 on the door

"Rompin', Stompin', Thrill Seekin', Bar Brawlin', Gum Chewin', Jive Talkin', Party Crashin' Rock & Roll!"
This ace Rockabilly trio take the classic 50's song and twist it into a brash, boisterous and modern beat.




Friday 7th November, 8pm
£5 on the door

Crow hailer are a small collective of Bristol musicians who have for years been making interesting and arresting music together through various projects. Now working, writing and recording in their studio located in west Somerset, their debut is filled with exquistite pieces, blending experimental instrumentals, film scores and psychedelic rock, country and folk tinged pop classics. Breaking from tradition has enabled Crow hailer to create an album of rare beauty.

  "A wonderful album" Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music



Friday 14th November, 8pm
£5 on the door

They’re back! After more then a decade of self-imposed exile, the Dukes of Mumbai are back together once more in the UK, but now with a new line-up!

You can expect the same mix of high energy 60’s surf pop instrumentals, classically influenced by the likes of Dick Dale and Link Wray, with a few surprise nuggets thrown in from further afield. This time around the band have a harder edge to their sound.

Avoid disappointment. Don’t miss the Dukes of Mumbai!



Friday 21st November, 8pm
£5 on the door

Rockin', soulful blues from the powerhouse voice of Kirris Riviere and his band of hard edged, musicians. This is funky, danceable and as authentic as Tennessee whisky!!!



Friday 28th November, 8pm
£4 on the door

Mr Tea and the Minions blend genres such as Balkan Beats, Gypsy Swing, Ska, Dub and Funk with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and Bass! They are known to infect audiences with dancing and silliness.


Previously on our stage...

Sam Amidon, Alasdair Roberts, Tiny Ruins, Kate Tempest, Andy Sheppard, Bob Lind, Emily Portman, Diane Cluck, Curtis Eller, Gravenhurst, Dan Michaelson, Dan Haywood, Beth Porter & The Availables, Myshkin, Joseph Arthur, Rene Lopez, Ottersgear, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, Goan Dogs, Howlin' Lord, Schnauser, Glis Glis, Joyce The Librarian, Boxcar Aldous Huxley, Annette Berlin, Clayton Blizzard, Daisy Chapman, Robin Nolan Trio, Sheelanagig, Hinkley Veltones, The Dukes of Mumbai, Ant Noel & The Peabody Drakes, Matt Alber, Twin Falls, I Am Horse, SJ Esau, Thomas Ford, Medicine Creek, Gerard & The Watchmen, Snowapple, The Duckworths, Stevie-Jo Dooley, The Veees, Eyebrow, My Two Toms, Phil King, War Against Sleep, Jim Evans, Lonely Tourist, Jilk, Snorkel, Three Cane Whale, Pete Roe, Duotone, This is The Kit, Message to Bears, Protest Crayon, Pepino, The Rumble O's, Hot Feet, Ygnve & The Innocent, Bert Miller & The Animal Folk, The Liftmen, Georgia Ruth, French for Rabbits, Eastpole Orchestra, Coppe, Woodpecker Woooliams, Empty Pools, Crowhailer, Burgess & Slide, The Bad Joke That Ended Well, The Relay Rips, Menage a Trois, The Brackish, The Rin Tins, Shambolique, Rachael Dadd, Ichi, Rozi Plain, The Kestor String Band, The Weary Band, Something Anorak, The May Birds, Sam Brookes, Anne Janelle & James Hill, North Sea Navigator, Mizizi, RM Hubbert, Mama Nice, Liz Green, Rita Lynch, Lisa Knapp, Ruth Gordon, Gavin Osborn, MJ Hibbett, Grace Petrie, Two Wings, Landslide Purist, Jack Cheshire